VIDEO: Overnight fire levels Nanaimo home

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
July 26, 2018 - 10:05am Updated: July 26, 2018 - 12:06pm

Flames shooting in the air from a Robarts Rd. fire in Nanaimo's Nob Hill neighbourhood.Christi Robinson

Aftermath of a major overnight house fire on Robarts Rd. in Nanaimo Submitted photo

NANAIMO — A major early morning fire badly damaged a heritage home in Nanaimo's Nob Hill neighbourhood.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief Tim Doyle said three people inside the home were able to escape a volatile Robarts St. fire, reported Wednesday at about 1:40 a.m.

“Obviously the residents are concerned, it was a major incident for them, but they were able to exit the premises before any injuries occurred.”



Doyle said it's unclear how the fire started, which he said also damaged a neighbouring home and apartment building. He said fire investigators will look to pinpoint where the fire started and what caused it.

Doyle noted their response time was fast at under four minutes, which he said is important in cases where fires quickly take off.

“It's crucial that we're able to respond quickly to control the fire either to keep it to its room of orgin or to keep it to the structure of orgin so that it doesn't spread to other units," Doyle said.

He said it appears the four people living in the home have set up interim housing arrangements on their own.

Doyle said it's unclear if the home had a working smoke alarms.


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